almanac

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From Old French almanach, from Medieval Latin almanachus, from Andalusian Arabic الْمَنَاخ (al-manāḵ, almanac, calendar), from Arabic الْمُنَاخ (al-munāḵ, climate) or Late Ancient Greek ἀλμενιχιακά (almenikhiaká, calendar), perhaps of Coptic origin. The middle syllable -man- may be cognate with moon and month, or else was influenced by Proto-Indo-European *mens- (moon, month).

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almanac (plural almanacs)

  1. (astronomy, navigation) A book or table listing nautical, astronomical, astrological or other events for the year; sometimes, but not essentially, containing historical and statistical information.
  2. A handbook, typically published annually, containing information on a particular subject

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